Why Working from Home Can Improve Productivity
Working from home
Working from home (WFH) has increased massively over the last decade. Once upon a time it was viewed as a skiver’s tactic to half-heartedly do a bit of work without bothering to make it into the office. Whilst some of the stigma is still clinging on, businesses have rapidly realised that this culture can actually aid productivity.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that working from home is a distraction – the truth is it can be. Kids, unfinished housework, technology, pets – all these things have the potential to derail your working day. So how exactly is WFH aiding productivity?
Thanks to modern-day digital office culture from the likes of companies like Google, we have changed our attitudes somewhat in terms of how to get the best results from staff. Businesses are investing more in staff comfort, wellbeing and conditions that inspire. Rather than subject them to tight parameters that can quash creativity, they are fostering more results-based work ethics.
More and more companies are buying into flexible working to get the best out of their workforces. When members of staff are happy and comfortable, they work better – why would we want to suppress this?
Why working from home works
I work from home occasionally and I will admit, I do have the potential to be distracted or fall into the procrastination trap. On the flip side though, I probably do more work than I would in the office because I am home and comfortable and I don’t need a ‘hard stop’ to leave an office or catch a train home. Neither do I get side-tracked by office banter. The work I produce at home is quality work.
Working from home works if you apply a few basic rules:
Have a designated working area
If you have an office at home, great. When you finish your work, close the door on it as if you have just left work. If you don’t have an office, try to have a dedicated space such as a kitchen table where you are least likely to be distracted. Avoid sitting in front of the television.
Set a time boundary
Set an alarm to take a break – go for a walk, call a friend, sit in the garden. Just have a deadline to sit back down and crack on. Try and set a time to end your day – many WFH days can be spent sitting there for hours on end, ignoring your body’s need for food, drink, bathroom visits etc.
Get the balance right
If you’re working flexible hours, put back in what you take out. If you spend a few hours in the day doing non work-related activities, catch up those hours later when the kids are in bed. Just don’t burn out by working all night. Restore balance where you can.
So, although there’s still a lot of value in maintaining a team culture in the office, working from home has its place as a worthy tool for fostering creativity and increasing productivity. It’s also great for wellbeing and we all know that a happy workforce means a happy business.